Former Louisiana governor and 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, Bobby Jindal, has a few thoughts about the future of the Republican party moving forward.
In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Jindal suggested that while the party could likely survive a Trump nomination, it would not survive a continued move away from the bedrock principles that defined the party.
“It’s certainly fair to describe the Republican Party as the worst political party out there except for all the alternatives. I don’t see at this point in time a viable alternative for conservatives to go out there and implement and present our principles, but I do think if the Republican Party continues to move away from our conservative principles, at some point it is fair to question, why does the party exist?”
Jindal, who endorsed Marco Rubio in February, has had strong words for frontrunner, Trump, in the past. As the field has narrowed, he hasn’t softened in his concerns.
“I’m not a fan of Donald Trump at all … I don’t consider him to be a conservative,” Jindal said. “My concern is that he’s not opposed to big government; he just wants to be the one running big government.” (Emphasis mine).
The governor also suggested that the RNC not change nomination rules, in order to benefit a particular candidate.
“One of the mistakes I think the party has made is it ignored its own members for far too long,” Jindal said. “For a party to believe in a bottom-up approach to governance that doesn’t believe in a top-down approach, it’d be nice for the party to practice what it preaches and actually listen to the voters out there.”